Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has received a three-match suspension for elbowing West Ham United star Winston Reid.
The ban comes into effect immediately after the German international accepted the FA charge for violent conduct and opted not to appeal.
It comes after an incident between the two sides during their meeting last Saturday at Old Trafford with the game ending in a goalless draw.
Reid was convinced that the World Cup winner deserved a red card when he was questioned about the altercation in his post-game interview, and will undoubtedly agree with the retrospective punishment.
“It was a red card. He knows what he’s done – he’s elbowed me in the face. The referee couldn’t see it, so we move on,” he said, as reported by Sky Sports.
Given United’s exit from the Champions League this week, Louis van Gaal will face another headache with Schweinsteiger’s absence as he looks for a response to their 3-2 defeat to Wolfsburg when his side take on Bournemouth at Dean Court on Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, Schweinsteiger will also miss games against Norwich City and Stoke City, but should return in time for the clash with Chelsea on December 28.